Fashion & Beauty

Beautycon Festival London – Olympia London

beautycon_olympia_logo_0Saturday 3 December, 12-6PM – £30/£80/£130
Beauty aficionados, are you ready for the biggest day in Beauty & Lifestyle? Shop your favourite brands and interact with content creators IRL (in real life to you and me!) There will be make-up tutorials and lifestyle hacks from engaging panel discussions. Special guests will include Suki Waterhouse, Poppy Jaime, Thandie Newton, Jay Manuel, InTheFrow, Patricia Bright, Em Ford, Eli & Fur, Sam & Nic of Pixiwoo and many more.

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Archipelago Lighthouse, (Sherling Studio), Poole, Dorset

archepelgo-main24 Nov – 3 Dec 2016 – Box Office 01202 280000
Archipelago is a story of love. Love found and lost and found.. Love, like the breaking of water on the shore, is constant and fluid. It tells the story of she and he. She is from here. He is from there. In a place that is here and there. One of them is always the outsider. So is love strong enough to hold them together?

Written by Caridad Svich and directed by Stephen Wrentmore

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Whose Sari Now? – Theatre Royal Stratford, East London

whose-sari-now24 Nov – 17 Dec – £13
Gerry’s, On Stage
One woman plays five characters who share their sari tales By turns funny and poignant, 5 characters share their sari tales; from an old Asian woman whose saris are like her second skin, a young mother giving birth in a war zone wrapping her twin babies in her wedding sari, a Malaysian historian connects the sari with mythology, a transgender reflects on his girlfriend’s sari obsession, a low caste weaver and a character who contemplates the sari in her final hours.

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Arts & Events

Gbanjo Gbanio African and Vintage Fayre – Brixton

gbanjo-gbanjo-african-and-vintage-fayre4 December, 5-10.30pm – Free
Brought to you by O.N.E Movement – creator of a discount central market fayre which works to showcase community enterprises entrepreneurs, performing artists and to circulate funds and goods in the community.

The fayre – is titled Gbanjo Gbanjo – the Yoruba phrase for ‘discounts’, and discounts you will get! Come along and immerse yourself in a sea of vibrant colours from clothing and jewellery to health and holistic brands to hair care and so much more!

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Unity and Black Cultural Archives present: The Poets Corner – Brixton, south London

unity-and-black-cultural-archives-presentOpen until 21 Dec – £5
Catch South London’s ONLY weekly poetry event before it closes. After a poetic summer, the Poet’s Corner has returned this autumn, for its weekly spot of creative word play. Come along and be inspired, before the poet’s corner becomes expired….

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Debunking the Strong Black Woman: Launching the Motherhood Reconstructed self-care discussion series – The Library, St Martin’s Lane, London

mr_debunking_the_strong_black_woman_press 20 Dec, 7-10pm
The discussion will explore the title theme and how it manifests in our everyday lives – from learning that expressing emotional difficulty or asking for help is a sign of weakness, to internalising our vulnerabilities and impacting our emotional well-being. The panel, moderated by Afua Adom, Editor and Radio Presenter includes:
– Sonia Meggie – founder of Inspirational You (
– Sharmaine Loveridge – Co founder of Dialogue Scouting ( ) and Literature Editor for Elle magazine UK; Jessica Huie MBE
– Founder of JH PR ( and Colorblind cards; and Jendella Benson – Writer, Film maker and Photographer (

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KINK Book Launch and Party – Hackney House, Shoreditch, London

KINK Book Launch

10 December, 6.30 to 11.30pm, £15
Curlture, is a platform (founded by Jay and Tri) that embraces natural hair, beauty and all things black culture, is inviting you to KINK – book launch and after party. The book, KINK, combines powerful quotes and uplifting poetry with sultry, vulnerable yet striking imagery of black females whom possess skin tones, hair styles, ages and hair textures that rarely shine in the media. You can purchase the book (£15) on the night.

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6th Annual Black Youth Achievement (BYA) Awards 2016 – the CEME Conference Centre, Rainham, Essex

6th-annual-black-youth-achievement-bya-awards-20166 Nov, 4pm – from £18
Come and celebrate, support and enjoy the excellence of our black youth! BYA is “Challenging Stereotypes. Celebrating Success. Creating Futures”, and so much more. The UK’s only national celebration of accomplishments by black and mixed heritage young people hosted by Sky 1 and Radio 1Xtra presenter Remel London will make its way to The CEME Conference Centre in Rainham, Essex on Saturday 26 November, when the Black Youth Achievement Awards will highlight excellence within the community once again.

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Miss Caribbean UK – Broadway theatre, Catford, London

miss-caribbean-uk-broadway-theatreSaturday 3 Dec – Tickets £20-£25
A celebration of the diversity and beauty of the Caribbean. Expect to be educated, inspired and inspired by the historical and cultural impact that the Caribbean has had in the UK.

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South Africa: the art of a nation – Room 35, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London

south-africa-art-of-a-nation27 Oct 2016 – 26 February 2017
Discover the history of South Africa through an incredible 100,000 years of art: The journey begins with examples of some of the earliest examples of human creativity – from rock art to perhaps the world’s oldest necklace. From there, be amazed by 800-year-old gold treasures from the kingdom of Mapungubwe, be moved by powerful anti-apartheid pieces, and be inspired by cutting-edge contemporary works. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the diverse art created by the many people who have helped shape South Africa’s story.

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#AfricanFood – Facebook HQ London, 10 Brook Street, London, NW1 3FG

african-foodTuesday 29 Nov 2016 – 6:30 – 9pm
Pop up Africa and Start-ups for Africa present #AfricanFood Exploring how social and digital media has contributed to the growing interest in African Food.  A panel and foodpreneur showcase; an ideas sharing and networking event, bringing together African foodies and anyone with a general interest in African Food.

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Coppa Club Festive Igloos – Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH

wine-and-dine-by-the-thames-in-new-festive-igloosOpen seven days a week, times vary
Ever wanted to wine and dine in an igloo but without the artic temperatures? Well, now it’s a reality, and one for you to enjoy by the iconic river Thames. All-day restaurant Coppa Club has installed eight igloo-style PVC party-domes complete with sheepskin blankets and festive cocktails. Positioned just outside the Copper Club Tower Bridge, sit back, relax and take in the beauty of London’s night time sky line.

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Ferrero Rocher pop-up – 21 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, London

ferrero-rocher-pop-up1 – 11 Dec, tickets from £10
Remember that late 90s hit ‘sweet like chocolate’? Well, we have some sweet news for you, and it’s about chocolate! A Ferrero Rocher pop-up is coming to London, so go on, treat yourself! The pop-up store will be serving five mini deserts inspired by each aspect of the Ferrero Rocher, including a cocoa-roasted hazelnut in a praline mousse, a chocolate filled with even more chocolate ganache, a sphere of ganache and… you get the picture!

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UK’s First Gluten, Diary and Refined Sugar Free Christmas Festival – The Oval Space, Bethnal Green and Cambridge Heath

freefromfestival-co-uk17 to 18 Dec – 10.30am – 5.30pm – from £6.50
Calling all ‘eat clean foodies’, the food festival for you is coming. Indulge yourself in refined sugar free chocolate tasting gluten-free desserts and savoury snacks! And if that’s not enough, gluten-free beer, organic wine and refined sugar beverages will also be available for purchase at the venue bar.

If you’re looking for some great cooking tips too, or how to cook healthy, tasty food without using gluten or refined sugar, stick around for live cooking demonstrations which will be performed by talented chefs and speakers.

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Holiday Fun

St Albans Christmas Market – St Albans, Hertfordshire

st-albans-christmas-market24 Nov – 18 Dec 
The renowned St Albans German-style Christmas Market is back for another year, and is set to see more visitors than ever. Held in the Cathedral’s Vintry Garden, the beautiful ancient quarter of the town, more than 80 stalls selling a wide range of gifts and goodies will once again paint the venue with the festive spirit of Christmas. From decorations and jewellery, to clothing and homeware, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice!  Oh and to top it all off, there will be deliciously festive foods including German-style bratwurst to tickle your taste buds.

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Tower of London on Ice

tower-of-london-skatingOpen until 3 January 2017 – tickets from £13.50
Whether you glide like a swan or scramble like Bambi, you’ll be sure to take in the dramatic scenery of the 1,000 year old Tower of London dry moat. Returning this winter, the Tower of London ice rink offers day and evening ice skating sessions within one of London’s historic landmarks. Skate with friends and family on ice, or enjoy a romantic skate under the starry sky, as hundreds of snowflakes light up the wall of the fortress as the draws in.

Ice skating sessions run between 11am and 10pm daily, except Christmas Day.

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Ice Skating at Wembley – Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0QL


Open until 2 December 2016 – tickets from £12.50
Enjoy a fun day skating alongside the iconic arc of Wembley stadium and the SSE arena. Why not finish off your day with some Christmas shopping at the London designer outlet. Shoppers who spend £50 or more at the London Designer Outlet will get two free ice skating tickets! What more reason do you need to shop till you drop?

Ice skating sessions run between 11am and 9pm daily, and until 6pm on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The rink is closed on Christmas Day

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Ice skating at Somerset House

somerset-house-skatingOpen until 2 Nov 2017 – tickets from £7.50
Enjoy a winter’s day out skating at the stunning Somerset house, or join by night, where skating is followed by exclusive club nights with music from top international DJs, or relaxation at the Fortnum or Skate Lounge. And if that’s not enough, the night’s entertainment continues with a pop up shop at Fortnum’s Christmas arcade.

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Panto Roundup

 Sleeping Beauty – Hackney Empire, East London

26 Nov 2016 – 8 January 2017 – £ 36 – £ 10 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone).
Welcome to enchanted Hackneytonia; a land of fairies, unicorns and dragons where once upon a time, a princess is born…Created by the award-winning team at Hackney Empire, Susie McKenna’s and Steve Edis’ brand new pantomime brings this traditional fairy tale bang up to date. Bursting with colourful characters, comedy magic and sparkle, this is Sleeping Beauty as you’ve never seen it before…

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Cinderella – London Palladium, Central London

cinderella-panto10 Dec 2016 – 14 Jan 2017 – tickets from £27.50
Be enchanted by the fairy tale of Cinderella as an all-star cast graces the stage of the West End’s most famous theatre this Christmas. For the first time in nearly 30 years, pantomime returns to the London Palladium, so what are you waiting for? You shall go to the ball!

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Aladdin – Lyric Hammersmith, West London

alladin-panto19 Nov 2016 – 7 Jan 2017 – Tickets £15-£35
What would you do with three wishes? Watch Aladdin enter Hammersmith in style on his magic carpet, and enjoy The Lyric’s traditional panto. ‘No one throws a party quite like the Lyric Hammersmith’, so don’t miss out, come and join the festive fun!

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Peter Pan – Bromley Churchill Theatre, South London

peter-pan-panto9 Dec 2016 – 7 Jan 2017 – Tickets from £18
Bromley’s Churchill Theatre is bringing old school style panto magic to this dazzling adventure. Watch Strictly Come Dancing’s judge Craig Revel Horwood crank up the villain levels in his role as Captain Hook!

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Sinbad the sailor – Theatre Royal Stratford, Stratford, East London

sinbad-panto28 Nov 2016 – 21 Jan 2017- From £15
Funny, child-friendly and packed with original songs, this panto is sure to keep the kids engaged and entertained. Take your children on a journey to magical lands, mysterious places and beyond!

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A United Kingdom

a-united-kingdom-rosamund-pike-and-david-oyelowo-in-a-united-kingdomRelease date (UK): Friday 25 November 16
A United Kingdom tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

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Almost Christmas

almost-christmasRelease date (UK): Friday 25 November 16
An extended family comes together through tears and laughs in a sturdy new addition to the yuletide movie genre. Starring Monique and Danny Glover, this is a delightful domestic comedy suffused with real family warmth. Monique plays a successful backup singer intent on bringing cheer (plus a bit of discipline) to a family in desperate need of it, the Oscar winner supercharges what might have been a generic affair.

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112 at indigo The O2 Millennium Way Peninsula Square, London


30 Nov 2016, 7pm – From £25
Fresh off the success of the Bad boy tour, R&B super group 112 are live in London for a one-off show. The Atlanta based group will likely perform their popular hits like Cupid, Dance With Me and Only You.

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